A representation of the surrender of the Island of Oteheite to Captain Wallis by the supposed Queen Oberea

Captain Samuel Wallis (1728-1795) took command of the frigate Dolphin (back from John Byron's circumnavigation of the globe). Wallis' description of Tahiti (as published by John Hawkesworth in 1773 on behalf of the Admirality) helped, along with the accounts of James Cook and Joseph Banks, to stamp an 'exotic' imprint on Europe's image of the south seas. Wallis' achievements helped shape Cook's first Endeavour voyage. He recommended the island for the Transit of Venus observations and Cook arrived here in April 1769. Cook, like Wallis two years before him, anchored his ship in the shelter of Matavai Bay on the western side of the island. This is the second of two engravings showing the surrender of the islanders after a battle between the Europeans and the Tahitians. Mounted in album with PAI3938-PAI3952, PAI3954-PAI4076.; Page 14.; Typewritten title stuck below image.; Plate No.22.

Object Details

ID: PAI3953
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Hall, John
Places: Unlinked place
People: Queen Oberea; Wallis, Samuel
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 243 x 330 mm
Parts: Atlas to Cook's Voyages Vol I 1773-1777. (Illustrations are from Hawkesworth's 'Voyages to the Southern Hemisphere', all volumes, and Cook [ed. Douglas] 'A Voyage towards the South Pole... ' [1773-75], page 70 onwards) (Album)

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